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BOB CROW MEMORIAL EVENT ‘Plundering London Underground’ with Janine Booth, and Peter Pinkney
Wednesday 23rd April, 7pm

Hysteria –a feminist periodical, new issue launch with Minna Salami aka MsAfropolitan + more tbc
Saturday 26th April, 6.30pm

‘Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War to End Apartheid’ with Alan Wieder
Wednesday 30th April, 7pm

‘Eco-Anarchism in the 1970s: London’s Street Farm collective’ with Stephen E. Hunt
Wednesday 14th May, 7pm

INTERNATIONAL CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS’ DAY EVENT: ‘Objection Overruled’ and ‘Comrades in Conscience’ with David Boulton and Cyril Pearce
Thursday 15th May, 7pm

‘Against Austerity: How We Can Fix the Crisis They Made’ with Richard Seymour
Wednesday 21st May, 7pm

Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom present: ‘Settling Scores: The Media, the Police & the Miners’ Strike’ with Nick Jones and Tony Harcup
Wednesday 28th May, 7pm

‘Sylvia Pankhurst, Suffrage, and the Battle for the Census’ with Jill Liddington and Katherine Connelly
Wednesday 11th June, 7pm

‘Writings against the First World War’ with Bruce Kent and A.W. Zurbrugg
Wednesday 18th June, 7pm

STIR SPRING ISSUE LAUNCH: ‘Anarchists in the Boardroom’ with Liam Barrington-Bush
Wednesday 25th June, 7pm

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‘Plundering London Underground’
with Janine Booth, and Peter Pinkney

Wednesday 23rd April, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Due to the sad and untimely death of Bob Crow, who was due to speak at this event, our guests, both comrades of Bob's, will begin the talk with a memorial to Bob, sharing memories and celebrating his legacy.
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Our guest’s discuss Janine Booth’s book ‘Plundering London Underground’ (Merlin Press, 2013) which tells the story of infrastructure privatisation on the London Underground - the Public-Private Partnership. Announced by New Labour in 1998, it was implemented in 2003, and by 2010 it had failed. So what went wrong?

Janine says "There are arguments for and against PPP, and I consider some of them, but I have written this book as someone heavily involved in campaigning against this policy. I have seen the damage done! So do not expect me to praise the PPP policy. In my view, lessons need to be learnt and conclusions drawn from this episode in the history of London's Tube system.

I set out a case for public ownership. London Underground does best when it is publicly-owned, unified, under the control of a (preferably, elected) London body, adequately funded, and allowed to operate as a public service rather than a commercial business."

PPP failed because privatisation incentivises managers to earn money for themselves, shareholders, and lawyers, neglecting service improvements, safety and the needs of the disabled.

Published during London Underground's 150th birthday year, this book draws extensively on interviews with managers and Tube workers; it both sketches the history of the Underground and looks to the future: we need a transport plan, one that involves passengers and workers, one that prioritises public service.

Janine will be joined by RMT National President Peter Pinkney.


'HYSTERIA - a collection of feminisms'

with guest speakers including
Minna Salami aka MsAfropolitan, Gabriella Daris and Mushana

Saturday 26th April, 6.30pm

Free entry

HYSTERIA is a non-profit radical feminist periodical and platform launching its second issue themed ”Roles & Rules”. At this launch speakers will include Minna Salami aka MsAfropolitan who will discuss African feminism and identity, Gabriella Daris on Un/concealment in Yoko Ono's Cut Piece: Rethinking Feminsit Approaches to Nudity, and finally Mushana ( will perform at the end.

HYSTERIA was founded six months ago at SOAS and grew out of feminist discussions and concerns in the SOAS Feminist Society. HYSTERIA is a feminist periodical and a platform for activism, politics and solidarity. The periodical strives to expose power relations that have become naturalised and entrenched through illusions of equality. It believes that feminism is a universal concern and not reserved for a selected few. It should be spread across discussions between all walks of life.

Therefore, HYSTERIA harbours multiple streams of feminisms. This is a direct outcome of the webs of distinct and overlapping feminist narratives of struggles and oppression. It insists on the equality of all, through a continuous discussion on what equality entails, refusing to settle on a rigid definition. HYSTERIA starkly opposes ideologies, philosophies, and belief-systems that have generated the fantasy of feminism as a property, commodity or craze and believes that these ideas reproduce merginalisation, deprivation and inequity.

Bjørk Grue Lidin | Awa Konate | Nakeya B. | Christina Cooke | Elssie Ansareo | Mathias Klitgaard Sørensen | Jago Rackham | The Guerrilla Girls | Alx | Marie Hugo | Katrya | Henri Maccheroni | Caconrad | Gabriella Daris | Yoko Ono | Amy King | Rawan Al Ramahi | Hannah Hoch | Dr. Rebecca Steinfeld | Tove Lyssarides | Steven C. Harvey| Yasmine Akim | Dr. Fuambai Sia Ahmadu | Dr. Ghada Hashem Talhami | Stephen Burt | Ruthie Bubis | Zara Powell | Hari Rajaledchumy | Susan Brownmiller | Le Roy | Ella Achola | Rita Banerji | Eseohe Arhebamen aka Edoheart | John Dunbar | Oliver | Tara Elizabeth Cooper | Barnita Bagchi | Sophy Rickett | Anthony | Hargrave Jennings | Tamiko Beyer

Issue 2: Roles & Rules



‘Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War to End Apartheid’
with Alan Wieder

Wednesday 30th April, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

On a rare visit from America, distinguished academic Alan Wieder discusses his new book ‘Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War to End Apartheid’, the first extended biography of the husband and wife who committed their lives to the war to end apartheid in South Africa.  Communists, scholars, parents, and uncompromising militants, they were the perfect enemies for the white police state. Together they were swept up in the growing resistance to apartheid, and together they experienced repression and exile.

Their contributions to the liberation struggle, as individuals and as a couple, are undeniable. Ruth agitated tirelessly for the overthrow of apartheid, first in South Africa and then from abroad, and Joe directed much of the armed struggle carried out by the infamous Umkhonto we Sizwe (abbreviated as MK, translated as "Spear of the Nation"). Only one of them, however, would survive to see the fall of the old regime and the founding of a new, democratic South Africa. 

Wieder’s heavily researched work draws on the usual primary and secondary sources but also an extensive oral history that he has collected over many years. By intertwining the documentary record with personal interviews, he portrays the complexities and contradictions of this extraordinary couple and their efforts to navigate a time of great tension, upheaval, and revolutionary hope. 

Alan Wieder is an oral historian who lives in Portland, Oregon. He is distinguished professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina and has also taught at the University of the Western Cape and Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He has written widely on South Africans who fought against the apartheid regime.

‘Eco-Anarchism in the 1970s: London’s Street Farm collective’
with Stephen E. Hunt

Wednesday 14th May, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Stephen E. Hunt will discuss his new book ‘The Revolutionary Urbanism of Street Farm’ (Tangent, 2014) which examines the innovative ecological work of Street Farm, a collective of anarchist architects who brought urban farming to 1970s London.

Three friends, Peter Crump, Bruce Haggart and Graham Caine put together Street Farmer, an underground paper that, alongside mutating tower blocks, cosmic tractors and sprouting one-way signs, propagated ideas for the radical transformation of urban living, which they called ‘revolutionary urbanism’.

Taking inspiration from Situationism and social ecology, Street Farm offered a powerful vision of green cities in the control of ordinary people. As well as being exponents of autonomous housing and radical technology, they became ‘rock ’n’ roll architects’, going on the road across Europe to promote their ideas with multimedia slideshow presentations to a recorded soundtrack of music by the likes of John Lennon, Jefferson Airplane and Hawkwind.

In 1972 Caine designed and built ‘Street Farmhouse’ with his friends at Eltham. It hit national and international headlines as the first structure intentionally constructed as an ecological house, appearing on an early BBC documentary introduced by a youthful Melvin Bragg. While their fame was brief, their ongoing influence on green and community architecture has been more enduring and remains an inspiration for all those who want to turn the dream of a greener city into a reality.



‘Objection Overruled’ and ‘Comrades in Conscience’
with David Boulton and Cyril Pearce
Thursday 15th May,
wine reception 6.30pm, talks from 7pm, free entry

In the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War, Housmans will be marking International Conscientious Objectors’ Day with a special event to remember the actions of those who opposed the ‘Great’ War. Our guests will discuss their historical studies of the COs’ campaign.

 David Boulton’s ‘Objection Overruled’, first published in 1967, is still regarded as the classic account of the campaign during the First World War to establish the rights of conscientious objection to military service. It focuses on the work of the No-Conscription Fellowship, Quaker peace groups and the resistance of individual objectors. Bertrand Russell and Fenner Brockway - both leaders of the COs’ campaign - joined David Boulton in appealing for the letters, diaries and personal recollections on which this now much sought-after book is based, revealing the heroic origins of the modern peace movement. 

Cyril Pearce’s ‘Comrades in Conscience’ is a groundbreaking study of opposition to the Great War in one locality – Huddersfield – where a unique consensus of Nonconformist Liberals and a vigorous labour and socialist movement earned it the reputation as 'a hotbed of pacifism'. Using local sources, including the weekly socialist newspaper ‘The Worker’, the records of anti-conscription organisations, as well as the testimonies of conscientious objectors themselves, Cyril Pearce portrays a community largely unenthusiastic about the war and tolerant of those who resisted it, and goes on to question widely-held assumptions about the war's popularity. First published in 2001, ‘Comrades in Conscience’ is being reprinted with significant revisions, new illustrations and new work based on the intervening years’ research.

‘Against Austerity: How We Can Fix the Crisis They Made’
with Richard Seymour

Wednesday 21st May, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Richard Seymour will talk about his new book ‘Against Austerity’ (Pluto Press, 2014), which addresses a puzzling aspect of our current situation, after five years of capitalist crisis, cuts and economic pain across the world: why are the rich still getting away with it? Why is protest so ephemeral? Why does the left appear to be marginal to political life?

In an analysis which challenges our understanding of capitalism, class and ideology, Richard Seymour shows how ‘austerity’ is just one part of a wider elite plan to radically re-engineer society and everyday life in the interests of profit, consumerism and speculative finance.

However, Seymour argues that once we turn to face the headwinds of this new reality, dispensing with reassuring dogmas, we can forge new collective resistance and alternatives to the current system. Following Brecht, ‘Against Austerity’ argues that the good old things are over, it's time to confront the bad new ones.

Richard Seymour is the author of ‘Unhitched: the Trial of Christopher Hitchens’ (2012), ‘American Insurgents: A Brief History of American Anti-Imperialism’ (2012), ‘The Meaning of David Cameron’ (2010) and ‘The Liberal Defence of Murder’ (2008). He writes regularly for the Guardian and runs the popular blog Lenin’s Tomb.

‘Settling Scores: the Media, the Police & the Miners’ Strike’
with Nick Jones and Tony Harcup

Wednesday 28th May, 7pm

Our guests will be talking about their contributions to ‘Settling Scores’, a specially commissioned collection of essays timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike. Published by the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom (CPBF), the collection draws on recently released material to shed new light on the roles played by the media, the police and politicians in undermining the plight of the miners.

Nick Jones, a former BBC correspondent who reported on the strike, has sifted through Cabinet papers from that time, only just opened to public gaze in January 2014. He reveals what he found, and also identifies the files that the government still doesn’t want us to know about.

Media campaigner and journalist Tony Harcup analyses the controversy surrounding the BBC television coverage of Orgreave on 18th June 1984 using new documents obtained under Freedom of Information from the BBC.

‘Sylvia Pankhurst, Suffrage, and the Battle for the Census’
with Jill Liddington and Katherine Connelly
Wednesday 11th June, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

A joint book event for two titles considering two aspects of Suffragette history: Connelly’s books looks in detail at the life of Sylvia Pankhurst, whilst Liddington’s book tells the story of the Suffragette’s controversial campaign to boycott the census.

Jill Liddington’s ‘Vanishing for the Vote: Suffrage, Citizenship and the Battle for the Census’ (Manchester University Press, 2014) recounts what happened on one night, Sunday 2 April, 1911, when the Liberal government demanded every household comply with its census requirements. Suffragette organisations urged women, all still voteless, to boycott this census. Many did, such as Emily Wilding Davison who famously hid in a cupboard within the Houses of Parliament. Yet many did not.

Liddington explores the 'battle for the census' arguments that raged across Edwardian England in spring 1911. Based on a wealth of brand-new documentary evidence, her book investigates why some committed campaigners decided against civil disobedience tactics, instead opting to provide the government with accurate data for its health and welfare reforms.

Katherine Connelly’s biography ‘Sylvia Pankhurst: Suffragette, Socialist and Scourge of Empire’ (Pluto Press, 2013) examines Pankhurst’s role at the forefront of significant developments in the history of radical politics. She guides us through Pankhurst's construction of a suffragette militancy which put working-class women at the heart of the struggle, her championing of the Bolshevik Revolution and her clandestine attempts to sabotage the actions of the British state, as well as her early identification of the dangers of Fascism.

The book explores the dilemmas, debates and often painful personal consequences faced by Pankhurst which were played out in her art, writings and activism. Connelly argues that far from being an advocate of disparate causes, Pankhurst’s campaigns were united by an essential continuity which hold vital lessons for achieving social change.

‘Writings against the First World War’

with Bruce Kent and A.W. Zurbrugg
Wednesday 18th June, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Our guests present the works of those who opposed the First World War and who wrote and published in order to convince others of its horrors, with particular reference to newly published books ‘Not Our War: Writings against the First World War’ and Ernst Friedrich’s shocking photobook ‘War against War!'.

Bruce Kent will introduce Ernst Friedrich’s photobook ‘War against War!’ (Spokesman, 2014), which conveys the brutality and human cost of WWI through a series of graphic images. Originally published in 1924, Friedrich’s work begins with an impassioned plea, addressed ‘To Human Beings in all lands’, to understand the causes of war and to take steps to prevent it.

The photos that follow are accompanied by annotations, sometimes understated, sometimes bitterly ironic, and contrast nationalist propaganda with the appalling reality of the conflict. Friedrich’s work is a condemnation of war which remains shocking and relevant to this day.

Anthony Zurbrugg, editor of ‘Not Our War: Writings against the First World War’ (Merlin Press, 2014), will introduce his new book. This anthology presents the diverse voices of men and women who questioned and opposed the war: liberals, radicals and pacifists, anarchists and socialists, soldiers and non-combatants.

They asked critical questions: Was this a war for civilization? What were the forces behind the war? How might it have been prevented? The work features the writings of James Connolly, Eugene Debs, Emma Goldman, Keir Hardie, Jean Jaurès, Louis Lecoin, V I Lenin, John Maclean, Errico Malatesta, Sylvia Pankhurst, Siegfried Sassoon and many others.

‘Anarchists in the Boardroom’ with Liam Barrington-Bush
Wednesday 25th June, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

To celebrate their latest issue, STIR invite contributor Liam Barrington-Bush to discuss how organisations are horizontalising their practices, open-sourcing their operations, and inviting the public to participate in previously hierarchical decision making processes – issues covered in Liam’sbook ‘Anarchists in the Boardroom’.

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